A Nat 20 Vacation

Have you ever had a trip that was so good you mostly forgot to take pictures, and the pictures you did take are mainly just fleeting moments that don’t do the overall feeling of the trip justice? This was one of those times.

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It Smells Like Victory

Mad Labs Studios created a custom fragrance for my level 20 d&d character: a Harengon Artificer named Garrett. Here’s my review:

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Life in High Fidelity

Do you really want to know where I was April 29?

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Off the Top of My Head

When the calendar turned to April I realized I hadn’t had a haircut since October.

This was the longest I’d gone without getting a trim of any kind and definitely the longest my hair had ever been. How long, you ask? This long:

But then I was faced with a decision: what do I do with it? I found myself in a kind of analysis paralysis where I found hairstyles I liked but didn’t want to commit to them because once it was cut, what if I didn’t like it?

I crowdsourced ideas for both cuts and stylists form friends, settled on a stylist based on lots of recommendations, and booked an appointment.

I was nervous. This would be my first haircut since coming out as nonbinary and after decades of men’s haircuts I wanted something a bit more androgynous. I was also nervous because I would be going to someone I hadn’t met before and allow them into my personal space to do their job.

The day came and I arrived for my appointment early.

I shouldn’t have worried. My stylist and I had some acquaintances in common and some similar life experiences and I was almost immediately at ease.

I showed them a picture Krystal had sent me that I thought fit me:

I loved watching them work in the mirror as I was transformed.

I have a difficult time conveying emotion at times, especially around folks I don’t know that well. I tried my best to let them know I really, really loved what they’d done, giving them a double fist bump as I left the salon.

And then I went home and made grilled cheese and cried at how happy I felt.

We are Ten

This blog began ten years ago.

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MCR Appreciation Post

Some weeks ago I ordered a custom perfume. It finally arrived yesterday and I wore it to work today, so let’s give it a review!

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